Blackberry Season – Fontina & Blackberry Basil Smash Toastie.

Fruit & cheese is a great combination, and as the blackberries are almost there, here’s something to try at home.  Fontina cheese & blackberry basil smash toasted sandwich.  it takes longer to say  than to make!

bbcheese Fontina is not too readily available in the UK, you’ll probably need to check out the specialist delis, but good substitutes are gruyere, and gouda, they all work.

This makes 4 toasted sandwiches but yo can adjust as required.

1 loaf of multigrain bread, cut into 8 thick slices

340g of fresh blackberries

12-15 fresh basil leaves, chopped

200g ounces of fontina cheese, sliced or gruyere / gouda

2 tablespoons olive oil

In a large bowl, mash blackberries with a fork (be careful – they will splatter!) and stir in chopped basil. Heat your sandwich maker or large skillet over medium-low heat.

Lay a piece of cheese on each slice of bread, then top with a few spoonfuls of smashed blackberries. Gently pick up 3 slices, brush some olive oil on the bottom, and place them on the griddle or skillet. Place the remaining slices on top, brushing them with olive oil too. If you can, cook these slowly so the bread gets perfectly golden and the cheese melts, so let each side cook for about 4-5 minutes. Remove and dig in!


Watermelon Punch Bowl – Summer Party Ideas

Very simple yet very impressive, this watermelon punch bowl is guaranteed to raise a smile.
















You will need:
1 oblong seedless watermelon (about 5-7Kg)
3 cups Carbonated water



Cut top third off watermelon; trim bottom just enough to make a flat surface. Scoop out flesh.


Working in batches, puree watermelon in a food processor. Strain through a fine sieve; discard solids. (You should have about 9 cups juice.) Cover rind with plastic wrap. Refrigerate juice and rind until chilled, about 1 hour. Combine juice with Carbonated water; transfer to rind.